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Old 01-01-2013, 02:38 PM
Mark703 Mark703 is offline
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Question HELP! Transmission Problems-EMT Light, Limp Mode

Hi All-

I really need some help. I have a 1998 528i with 97,000 miles on it. Periodically the check engine light will come on and sometimes after this the traction light comes on and the car goes into limp mode. When this happens I pull over and turn the car off for 10 to 15 minutes and restart it. Usually it then runs normally. I had the transmission fluid changed which seemed to help lower the frequency of this malfunction but it still does it every so often.

Another problem with the transmission is when I put the car in drive it usually takes about 2 seconds for the transmission to engage.

I don't have a lot of money and can't afford to do major repairs on the car. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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